So today i kept seeing this one lone male fluttering around the pride of madeira. Echium candicans commonly known as pride of Madeira, is a species of flowering plant in the family Boraginaceae, native to the island of Madeira. It is a large herbaceous Perennial subshrub, growing to 1.5–2.5 m. It is a very common plant brought over by early settlers from Medterain countries. With our temperate climate, those kinds of plants work well here. However, they are invasive and in some places have been eradicated. It is something that bees and butterflies love to nectar on though.
We know that the female monarchs leave Pacific Grove after mating to seek out milkweed so that she can lay her eggs. However, not much is know about where the males go. So while the monarchs have pretty much been non existent since mid February, every once in awhile i see one flying around. I will have to start paying more attention to make sure that it is just males that i am seeing and not assuming. I did see females flying around the overwintering sites when I went to Santa Cruz last week. At both Lighthouse field and Natural Bridges, i saw flyers.